Early Career Track MBA with Professional Practice Internship

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OVERVIEW
This one-year, full-time program is tailored to the needs of recent graduates of liberal arts programs (with and without a business major) who wish to launch high impact careers. In addition to covering the core disciplines of business, the Early Career Track offers a unique “professional practice” component that focuses on multiple dimensions of designing and launching a new professional’s career. By day, students are placed in 20-hour per week internships in local businesses and are assigned mentors who facilitate their growth and development. By night, they attend MBA classes on campus.

  • Learn how to design solutions to business problems in real-life business settings
  • Specify a direction and goal for your career launch that align with your aspirations
  • Mine your liberal arts background to fortify your professional profile
  • Build a network of professionals in your industry, function or location of choice
  • Find, nurture and leverage a distinguished business leader as your career mentor

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Recent graduates in their early to mid twenties
  • Intellectually curious and professionally ambitious individuals with little or no practical experience
  • Those who possess the objectives of launching a meaningful career and becoming an ethical leader

GENERAL PROGRAM ATTRIBUTES

  • Course of study is integrative, interdisciplinary and utilizes diverse methods of understanding
  • Teaches key elements of the disciplines of management and business administration
  • Seeks to link the knowledge, skill and attitudes of liberally educated recent college graduates to the field of management, and to increase their understanding of interdependent and multi-faceted issues faced by managers today
  • Explores the converging roles of leadership, global citizenship and design based thinking
  • Retains high intellectual standards using a non-traditional format while respecting the needs of young-adult learners
  • Consists of a collaborative educational environment in which participants, faculty and local organizational leaders join together to explore and learn through classes, colloquia, small learning groups, professional practicums and mentorship arrangements
  • Provides study opportunities that allow participants, individually and in groups, to gain knowledge and skills in areas of high personal and professional interest and to build a strong local network of professional relationships that are situated around those interests

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

  • Integrating liberal arts and design thinking into traditional elements of the MBA curriculum
  • Puts students in real businesses situations where they learn to solve real business problems
  • Places high value on leadership and various ways of understanding problems and issues in the private, public and nonprofit sectors
  • Addresses the educational needs of beginner practitioners
  • Takes into account how culture, history, and politics are key factors in the economic environment of management
  • Takes into account how art and design are factors in expanding our ways of thinking
  • Takes into account how leaders encounter challenges that call for creating social value for society while maintaining a healthy bottom line
  • Takes into account how creative, critical and analytical thinking enhance the ability to solve problems in organizations in all sectors of society
  • Courses integrate interdisciplinary knowledge and create multidisciplinary thinking

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

  • Full-time, cohort, 36 credits, 12-14 month program
  • Summer I required for non undergraduate business majors (Saturday courses May through August)—comprehensive business foundations courses for non-business majors followed by:
  • Fall and Spring semesters –30 credit hours over 2 sequenced semesters. Structured professional practicum in a business setting by day, 3 core courses by night each semester.
  • Summer II – 3 credit capstone international practicum paired with 3-credit capstone strategy course.

TUITION AND FEES
Total tuition for the core 36-credit program is $19,548. Tuition for each 2-credit Foundation Course is $1,086. Nonbusiness majors may be required to take up to six. Books and a fee for the three-week International Practicum (approximately $5,000) are additional.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EARLY CAREER TRACK MBA:
Contact Professor Eric Drouart, ECT MBA Program Advisor, at 508-767-7458 or edrouart@assumption.edu.

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